Visiting King’s Cross

From 2 December, London is in Tier 2. Our shops, restaurants and cafes will reopen.  Canopy Market will be operating Friday – Sunday at West Handyside Canopy. Our gyms, MUGA indoor sports pitch and the public swimming pool will reopen.

The public spaces, parks and gardens remain open for you to enjoy responsibly. We do ask that while enjoying some fresh air or outdoor exercise, you help to keep King’s Cross safe for everyone.

Below you’ll find details of the safety measures that are in place, plus answers to questions that have been coming in via our social channels.

If you decide not to visit at this time, you can continue to enjoy the best of King’s Cross at home. Check the Bringing KX2U page for recipes, workshops, exercise routines, food delivery info and more.

Social distancing signs at King's Cross to help avaoid the spread of Covid-19

Safety and social distancing

Signage and ground markings will provide guidance and help everyone to keep a safe distance.  For your own and everyone’s safety, please respect the social distancing rules and look out for any one-way routes. The ‘red caps’ are our safety personnel. They will be there to welcome you and to provide guidance and assistance should you need it.

estate management teamHygiene and cleanliness

You’ll find hand sanitizer units all around King’s Cross. See the map below for their locations.

We’re keeping King’s Cross spotlessly clean and have introduced enhanced cleaning across the estate, including a technique called ‘fogging’, which will be in use in any shared spaces, for example, the WCs and lifts. We will be paying extra attention to any surfaces that you might come into contact with, such as handrails, bike racks and benches.

Getting here

If at all possible, we’d encourage you to travel to King’s Cross on foot or by bike. There are currently 100 public bike spaces and we are adding an additional 240 spaces. You will find their locations on the map at the bottom of this page. Santander, Brompton, Lime and Jump bike hire is available.

If you are using public transport, the main station entrances are open as normal. Please follow TFL announcements and travel alerts on Twitter for the latest updates.

Places to eat and drink

Our restaurants and cafes are open from 2 December. The rule of 6 applies for groups eating outside. Indoors is only for members of the same household. Alcohol is only served with substantial meals. Last orders is 10pm and closing is 11pm. Many of our eateries are offering takeaway or Click & Collect services. You can enjoy takeaway food and drinks in the public spaces, but please respect the social distancing rules.


From 2 December our shops will reopen. The core opening hours are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday 11am-7pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm
  • Christmas late nights, to 9pm, on Friday 11th and Friday 18th

Christmas hours run Monday 21st December to Monday 4th January:

  • Monday to Saturday 11am-7pm
  • Sunday 12-7pm
  • Shops will be closed on 25th and 26th December, and 1st January


WCs are open and baby changing facilities are available in both Coal Drops Yard WCs. You can see the locations on the map below. Enhanced cleaning routines are in place in the WCs including fogging.


Is the Visitor Centre open? The team is working remotely and you can reach them on 0203 479 1795 or email with any queries you might have.

Are the lifts operating? Yes, the lifts are available in Coal Drops Yard. Use is limited to one person/family group at a time. The lifts will be cleaned regularly. Please adhere to any instructions.

Are the cafes and restaurants open? The cafes and restaurants are open. In addition, many offer takeaway and Click & Collect.

Are the shops open? Yes, the shops are open at this time.

Can people sit outside and picnic? Yes, our parks and public spaces are open for you to enjoy. We would ask that you please do so safely and respect the social distancing rules. Seating is available at Coal Drops Yard and Granary Square with 2 seats per table.

Is Canopy Market open? Canopy Market is operating every weekend at West Handyside Canopy.

Is the KERB food market open? KERB streetfood market is not open at this time.

Is the car park open? Yes, Handyside car park is open. Here are the details.

Is the play park open? The children’s play park in Handyside Gardens is open.

Is PlayKX playgroup operating? Not at this time. They will be back soon hopefully. Check their Instagram for up-to-date info.


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